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The national coat of arms was designed in the year 1848 and since that time it has changed several times. In the year 1998 the coat of arms got its current form.

 The national coat of arms shows three volcanoes representing the country's three mountain ranges (Cordillera de Talamanca, Cordillera de Guanacaste und Cordillera Central). These mountain ranges divide the two oceans where ships are sailing, symbolizing the sea ports of the Pacific and the Caribbean Ocean. The stars above stand for the provinces of Costa Rica and the rising sun commemorizes the birth of the new nation.

The first designs show instead seven, only five stars, because the current provinces of Puntarenas and Limón had not reached the status of a province at that time. The two stars were added to the original five in order to complete seven in the year 1964. 

 

 

1863 Series
The first Costa Rican postage stamps, issued 1863, depict the national coat of arms, designed 1848.

Costa Rica 1863
½R (Media Real) (plate 1)
(blue)

existing light blue (plate 2)
(moove your mouse or stylus over the image and see below)

existing as horizontaly imperforated.

Costa Rica Coat of Arms  stamp 1863
Costa Rica 1863
2 R (Dos Reales)
(scarlet)

existing overprinted
10cts U.P.U on 2Reales
Costa Rica Coat of ARms stamp 1863
Costa Rica 1864
4 R (Cuarto Reales)
(green)

existing overprinted
20cts U.P.U. on 4Reales
Costa Rica Coat of ARms stamp 1863
Costa Rica 1864
1 P (Un Peso)
(orange)
1863 Series
overprinted stamps
note: Overprints with different fonts and “OFICIAL” were never placed in use.
1cto. on ½R Plate 1
1cto. on ½R Plate 2

2cts. on ½R Plate 1
2cts. on ½R Plate 2

5cts, on ½R Plate 2
5cts U.P.U on ½R Plate 1




Costa Rica's first postage stamp "Media Real" was printed, perforated (sheets of 100) by the American Banknote Company. It is existing from two plates, plate 1 (blue) and plate 2 (light blue and missing horizontaly lines in the sky).
Plate 1
a
Plate 2

The four stamps were issued again in the year 1963 in the series "Centenary of Costa Rica’s stamps" as stamps on stamps.

Other stamps on stamps of the first Costa Rican stamps are existing:
1979, "100th anniversary of the death of Sir Rowland Hill"
2013 "150th anniversary of the first Costa Rica postage stamps"
2015, Ecuador "Exposición Continental EXPOAFE Quito".
2015, Micronesia "First Stamps of the United Nations Member States".

 

 

1892 Series
The design of the 1892 series shows instead of two ships, only one ship, but behind the three volcanoes the rising sun.

Costa Rica 1892
1 Centavo
(greenish blue)
(moove your mouse or stylus over the image)

Costa Rica 1892
2 Centavos
(yellow)
Costa Rica 1892
5 Centavos
existing:
red lilac
violet

Costa Rica 1892
10 Centavos
(lt. green)
existing imperf. between

Costa Rica 1892
20 Centavos
(scarlet)
existing imperf. between

Costa Rica 1892
50 Centavos (grey blue)

Costa Rica 1892
1 Peso
(green yellow)

Costa Rica 1892
2 Pesos
existing:
brown red lilac
rose red lilac

Costa Rica 1892
5 Pesos
(dl blue)

Costa Rica 1892
10 pesos
existing:
brown buff
brown yellow




1926/1937 Official Series
In the 1926/1937 official series the design slightly changed again. There are depicted again two ships and a rising sun.

Series of 10 stamps (1926) and 13 stamps (1937).
(existing with perfins as well (Perfins are stamps that have been perforated with designs, initials, or numerals by private business and governmental agencies to discourage theft and misuse).

 

1926
2¢ (ultra & blk)

1926
3¢ (mag & blk)

1926
4¢ (lt bl & blk)

1926
5¢ (grn & blk)
1926
6¢ (ocher & blk)

1926
10¢ (rose red & blk)

c
1926
20¢ (ol grn & blk)

1926
30¢ (red org & blk)
1926
45¢ (brown & blk)

1926
1 col (lilac & blk)





1926 Air Mail Stamp

It depicts a coffee tree branch, the coat of Arms and a biplane.

 

 

1963, WHO drive to eradicate malaria series
It depicts the Coat of Arms and Malaria Eradication Emblem



Costa Rica 1963

 

 

 

1963, Centenary of Costa Rica’s stamps
Series of 4 stamps and 1 miniaturesheet
It depicts Costa Rica's first postage stamps. issued 1863 as stamp on stamp.

miniaturesheet, stamps on stamp with an imprinted San José postmark.
The miniaturesheet is existing overprinted “2-4 Agosto 1968” and “III Exposicion Filatelica Nacional / ‘Costa Rica 68’."


Series of 4, stamps on stamps.
Value 2col portrait of Recaredo Bonilla Carrillo (Postmaster 1862-1863).

 

 

 

1979, 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Rowland Hill 
It depicts Costa Rica's first postage stamps. issued 1863 as stamp on stamp.

Costa Rica 1979

 

 

1984, Coat of Arms
In the year 1964 two stars were added to the original five in order to complete seven, which by then was the number of provinces of the country.

 Costa Rica Coat of ARms stamo 1984

Costa Rica 1984, 1964 design with seven stars.

 

 

Costa Rica 1990, National Symbols
It depicts the 1964 design with seven stars.

 

 

2006, National Symbols
In the year 1998 the coat of arms got its current form, including the smoking volcanoes. Before this date, the three mountains did not show smoke.

 

 

 

2013, 150th anniversary of the first Costa Rica postage stamp
It depicts Costa Rica's first postage stamps, issued 1863 as stamp on stamp.

 

2015

Ecuador 2015
The stamp depicts Costa Rica's first postage stamps, issued 1863 as stamp on stamp.

The stamp was issued in the series "Exposición Continental EXPOAFE Quito".

 

Micronesia 2015
The stamp depicts Costa Rica's first postage stamps, issued 1863 as stamp on stamp.

Micronesia 2015
The stamp depicts Costa Rica's first postage stamps, issued 1863 as stamp on stamp.

The stamp was issued in the series "First Stamps of the United Nations Member States".

 

 

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